Japan Fan Craft

FanCraftPinAnother fun way to make Japanese Paper Fans! You can use our premade fans to color or paint abeautiful picture….or use our printable fan
template and let children design their own! This is a fantastic group activity as each project turns out wonderfully unique.

Materials:

  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Beads
  •  String or Raffia

Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

japanfancraft   JapanFan   japanesecelebrations       japan


Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Turn your paper over to the back, and fold up the edge about an inch. Crease well.

Step 2

Turn your paper over to the front, and fold folded in Step 1.

Step 3

Turn your paper over to the back again, and fold the edge up again. You're making a an accordion like fold.

Step 4

Repeat the above steps of folding until you have reached the end of your paper. If it doesn't line up, just trim it off.

Step 5

Pinch one end of the paper, and fold it upwards. You can staple it from here, or use Raffia or String to bind it.

Step 6

Wrap your Raffia around the bottom end of upwards so that you wrap over it as you go.

Step 7

Wrap all the way up to the top of the fold, and tuck the extra Raffia under your wrap with a pencil.

All Done

You now have a beautiful Japanese Fan you can add to your resources.

Option 2: Step 1

Fold the paper like an accordian as you did above.

Step 2

Fold the paper upwards in the middle.

Step 3

Optional: If you like you can add a layer of glue between the paper to keep it together.

Step 4

Pinch the bottom of the fan to make the handle. Use the Raffia, and start at the top. Leave a good 5 inches for the beads. (see photo)

Step 5

Wrap the Raffia around to the bottom, and tuck the extra in with a pencil.

Step 6

Add your beads to the 5 inches you left out at the top of the handle. Secure by tying a knot with the last bead.

Step 7

Now you've got a beautiful paper fan with decorative beads!

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Japan Paper Fan Craft

FanCraftPin2Another fun way to make Japanese Paper Fans! You can use our premade fans to color or paint abeautiful picture….or use our printable fan
template and let children design their own! This is a fantastic group activity as each project turns out wonderfully unique.

Materials:


Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

japanfancraft   JapanFan   japanesecelebrations       japan


Art Project Tutorial:

Print Fan Template

We have three printable fan templates for children to decide from, or you can give them a blank template and they can design their own.

Step 1

Color in your picture. We used Colored Pencils because this fan is very detailed.

Step 2

Use the watercolors to paint in the background.

Step 3

ou don't have to fill in the entire makes a pretty effect too!

Step 4

Turn your fan over and glue a popsicle stick to the back as shown.

Step 5

For extra strength, you can add two more sticks to make a "Y" shape. Using hot glue is a quick way to get these finished, but should only be used by teacher or older students.

All Done!

Once the glue is dry your fan is ready to be used. These make fun classroom decorations and generally children want to color MORE than one so be sure to have multiple copies on hand to send home with them.

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Fossil Craft

FossilPinMaking fossils is great fun, and really not as “troublesome,” or “messy” as you might think! This craft really drives home the point in how fossils are formed and leaves children with a lasting impression!!

Materials:

Plaster of Paris
Tinfoil
Small objects to fossilize!

 

 

Kids Read About:
Dinosaurs and the Bible

Parents Read About:
Dinosaurs and the Bible


Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:

Fossils     Fossils2   Fossils3   FossilKit


Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Soften up your modeling clay, form it into a mound and place it inside some crumpled up tinfoil.

Step 2

Press your fossil shape into your clay. You'll need to wiggle it a bit and press firmly.

Step 3

use a toothpick to get it out if needed.

Step 4

You should have an impression in your clay in the shape of your object.

Step 5

Smooth out any marks in your impression that you don't want to show. (Like this Made in China stamp! Ha Ha)

Step 6

Mix up your Plaster of Paris. (Two parts plaster to One part water)

Step 7

Pour the plaster into your clay mold.

Step 8

Pour enough to cover the mold and then some for good measure! Shake gently to get out the bubbles and smooth the surface

Step 9

Wait about an hour for the plaster to dry. Remove the tinfoil.

Step 10

Remove the clay mold from the plaster. (You might have to break off a bit of the plaster to get to the clay.

All Done

Enjoy your different fossils! For extra fun, make a set of these ahead of time and let children them guess what they think they are!

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Landform Diorama Craft

LandformPinMany children are visual learners and the use of models is a great way to introduce important information. Use this fun model of the earths layers to learn all about the different components of our wonderful world!

Materials:

Empty Cardboard Box
Green Construction Paper
Play Dough, Sandpaper, Paint, Moss
Labels w/Marker

 


Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:

landform1   landforms2   land2      earthatlas


Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Lay down some green construction paper in your empty box. You can paint the bottom as well.

Step 2

Use your play dough to make a mountain

Step 3

Using your fingers press into the mountain down the side to make a groove

Step 4

Paint the top of the mountain white

Step 5

Use light blue to show the melted snow trickling down the mountain sid

Step 6

Pinch together the sides of your mountain around the groove so that the trickle looks more inside.

Step 7

Draw out our stream and turn it into a river, then the ocean. Add in a couple of playdough hills.

Step 8

Find some moss to make your forests and glue them in the box near your mountain.

Step 9

Here's what we have so far.

Step 10

Use some more playdough to make an island in the middle of your ocean.

Step 11

Use sandpaper to make a bit of desert in the corner. Our paper is white so we painted it tan.

Step 12

Glue it in the corner and brush a little dry ground around it.

Step 13

Get out some sticky labels and write the names of the different landforms you created.

Step 14

Put your diorama on display! These were done for my KG and 2nd grader, but older children can certainly add in many more landforms.

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Butterfly Life Cycle Stamps

ButterflyPinThis set of life cycle stamps can be used over and over again!  Make a set for each bug you’re learning about!  Older children can make their own very easily, and use them to decorate research paper and to make visual examples on presentations.

Materials:

  • Craft Foam, Scrap Wood, Glue, Scissors, Pencil, Ink

 


Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:

ButterflyScience   butterflygarden    butterfly2 stamppad


Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Start by designing your stamp on the craft foam. Use your pencil and press hard

Step 2

Make sure that your pressing into the foam so that it stays indented.

Step 3

Once drawn, cut out all of your life cycle shapes

Step 4

Glue your shapes onto the backs of a piece of scrap wood. You can also use a wooden cube, an empty milk carton, yogurt cup or anything that has a flat surface and can take a bit of pressure.

Step 5

Allow your stamps to dry before using. Ink your stamp well by applying pressure

Step 6

Stamp your image onto paper too see how it turned out!

Step 7

Align your stamps in a circle for your life cycle and draw arrows showing which step is next!

All Done!

Now you've got a great set of Life Cycle Stampers! Hint: Use a diaper wipe to wash off the stamp in between colors.

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Freedom Bible Verse for Kids

FreedomVerseCardPinI’ve gotten a little behind and I didn’t have time to post this to our main website, but I figured I’d share it here on the blog anyway!

This is a set of four different Freedom bible verse cards for children.  Each verse is written on a star shape and would be perfect to use during your Fourth of July crafts or as a take home card for children.

Download Here: Freedom Star Bible Verse Cards

Find more thematic Bible Verse Cards here.

 

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Mother’s Day Printables & Crafts


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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we have some great resources you can print up for your children.

Mother’s Day Card Craft

 

MothersDayColoringCardPin

 

Mother’s Day Coloring Page

 

 

MothersDayCardPin

Mother’s Day Fingerprint Keepsake Card

 

MothersDayMinibookPin

Mother’s Day Printable Minibook

MothersDayCouponPin

 Mother’s Day Coupon Cards

MothersDayColoringPage

 Mother’s Day Bible Verse Coloring Page

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Mother’s Day Preschool Printables

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Mother’s Day Craft from Kids

 

 

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Easter Cross Watercolor Craft

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Today we have an Easter Cross Watercolor Craft for children of all ages.

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Calvary Cross Watercolor Craft

 

What makes this easy and fun is that you can provide younger children with our printable template, making it easier for them to follow along.  Older children can start with a blank paper.

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And you finish up with an amazing watercolor of the cross on Calvary

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Click Here for the full Craft Tutorial

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Van Gogh Art Project for Kids

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We’re diving into our Artist studies this year, starting with Van Gogh. A couple of years ago we did this Starry Night Art Project, and this year we’re starting off with The Potato Eaters.

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This is a fantastic painting to study for children of all ages, and I highly recommend looking into this book series by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each artists most famous paintings are discussed in great detail and these books would make a fantastic addition to your homeschool library.

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We used our Oil Pastels for this project, which worked really well for blending, and overlapping color. We even used our fingernails in some parts to scratch away color.

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All of our Master Artist projects come with a printable artist card you can use for displaying children’s artwork.

Click Here for the Full Art Project Tutorial.

Siggy

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Fall Leaf Art Printables

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I just added a set of printable art cards to our member’s only area!

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This set includes five different leaves
each with different shapes, colors and textures for your little artists to explore.
These are super simple to print out and lay on the table for some quick art projects this Fall!

They would make quick Co-op projects if you have those coming up soon too!

Lots more freebies coming out this year,
be sure you’re subscribed for updates!

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Make Your Own Stamper!

We’ve been having a blast learning about the continents this month, And I’ve got tons of stuff to show you for our Homeschool Recon: Geography

But before I get the whole post ready,
I thought I’d share this super quick,
and extra creative way to make your own stamper:

Make Your Own Stamper Tutorial

We’ll be using our custom stamps to mark our passports as we travel the globe,
Expedition Earth Style!

More on that soon…..

Stay Tuned!

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Warhol & Pollock

I just finished uploading two more of our Famous Artist Crafts!

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Jackson Pollock

This was a well loved activity for my kids,
they loved blowing with the straws!
Me? I wan’t really into passing out
for an art project, but they were in dizzy oblivion.

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Andy Warhol

These were really fun, Sissy enjoyed this a bit more then Bub,
who found it daunting to color in one color for each open space.

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I included some fun Warhol printables,
you can snag the boy & the girl as well as
some adorable cupcakes or some sneakers!

Older children can design their own!

Eveything is uploaded to our Famous Artist Craft Section!

PSSST…. Here’s a sneak peak at who’s coming next:

Stay Tuned!

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Not Gone, Just Busy Crafting!

Really, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth…I’ve just been really busy crafting.

I can’t say that I’m sorry.

Cause it wouldn’t be the truth.

But here are some photos of what I’ve been making & revamping:

A Croched Necklace, thanks to this website…
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Another Crocheted Necklace, thanks to another website…
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A Yo-Yo-Necklace with a Big Ole’ Bead:
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A little shabby frame…still looking for a photo…
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A Sunburst in the middle of Winter…
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A little birdhouse waiting patiently for Spring…
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And some Valentine Hearts…not yet finished..
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See, I wasn’t ignoring you….I was just Craft Binging and I couldn’t be bothered.

I know I’m not the only one, who discovers a new craft and can’t STOP themselves from splurging every available penny at the thrift store in search of crafty treasures.

Speak Up now, or forever hold your guilt peace…..


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